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US, Russia begin new round of talks in Geneva after Biden-Putin June meet

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US President Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in Geneva in June. (file)

Geneva:

Russian and US diplomats held talks behind closed doors in Geneva on Thursday, the latest round of discussions between the world’s top two nuclear powers following a June summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

US State Department number two Wendy Sherman and Russia’s Deputy Secretary of State Sergei Ryabkov were expected to meet for most of the day.

A member of Russia’s mission to the United Nations said talks began around 10:00 a.m. (0800 GMT).

State Department disarmament chief Bonnie Jenkins has previously said Washington expects “concrete steps” from the talks in Geneva.

The Swiss news agency ATS reported that beyond disarmament, the two sides were expected to discuss new technologies, space and artificial intelligence.

Thursday’s talks were taking place at Russia’s UN mission, with the final round being hosted in late July by the Americans a few hundred meters (yards) away.

Arms control was at the top of the agenda for that exchange.

At their June 16 summit, Biden and Putin said it was important to talk despite the differences that divided the two nuclear giants.

He said that even at the height of the Cold War, Moscow and Washington remained in touch to prevent conflict.

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